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7 Years of THE KINGDOM SAT: Arabic Worship Medley

Our satellite TV channel THE KINGDOM SAT is 7 years old this month! To celebrate, we wanted to share THE KINGDOM SAT's most popular video on YouTube—a beautiful worship medley in Arabic. The lyrics are below.

"The Lord Is Near to Those Who Call Upon Him" / "Stay With Me"


The Lord is near to those who call upon him
He is not far away as they claim
He is not unfamiliar with all they suffer from
He is the one who called all those who labor
To comfort them from their heavy laden
To wipe off tears from every sad heart

Hadn’t he lived on the run
Hadn’t he experienced pain in temptation
Hadn’t he resurrected to give us life

He loved the tax collectors
Stayed with fishermen
Forgave sinners like me

He fulfilled the needs of the needy
Walked around doing good
Died to carry the shame of the sinners
In front of a tomb, He was weeping
At the night of His death, he was kneeling down

How come I wouldn’t trust Him!
Would I doubt His love!
My Father who loved me unto death

Stay with me, my Master
The day is about to end
There is no strength to pursue living
Life is disappearing
And it is time to sleep in death

If I pass through the valley of weeping
Your presence surrounds me
In my life and death, I am dedicated to God

Where, O death, your victory
Where, O tomb, your authority
I got the crown of victory
Because my Lord is my victor

From the Frontlines: Eternal Life and the Weight of Death (Why We Invest in Personal Follow-up)
 
 

From North America to North Africa, Leading The Way employs on-the-ground teams to follow up with our listeners and viewers by phone, email, social media, video calls, and in-person meetings and assess the needs of persecuted believers. From the Frontlines shares a behind-the-scenes look at what these teams are doing every day.


 
By Ash, Leading The Way's North American Arabic Follow-up Coordinator
 
When I came to Christ, the biggest change I had to make was calling Christ "Lord." He was no longer just a prophet. The idea of God becoming man and revealing Himself—even when I think about it now, I get goosebumps. I knew from the first moment I heard the Lord’s voice that He was Lord. But still, I did not sign up for getting kicked out of the house. The people who walked with me through that became like my family.
 
Islam is more than a religion—it’s a lifestyle. Being a Muslim affects how you greet people, what you drink, what you wear, how you respond to other genders—and above all, how you relate to others. On top of that, if you become a Christian, you’ve essentially betrayed your family and your country. So when a Muslim comes to Christ, his entire life changes.
 
That’s why, for a Muslim who wants to know more about Christ, it’s not always enough to hear the Gospel. He needs somebody to help him from the moment he struggles with the Good News to the moment he accepts Christ—and even to the moment he begins to experience persecution. In sharing Jesus with another Muslim, I never imagined someone would come to Christ through me. I am so thankful and overjoyed to be used by God in this way.
 
Even in the most moderate Muslim country, there are always consequences of choosing to follow Christ. In that journey, there are ups and downs. There is trust and joy, but also disappointment. There is eternal life and the weight of death. It’s not just about giving somebody a flyer and saying, “Good luck.” Muslims who decide to leave Islam to follow Jesus need somebody to walk with them—and that’s the heart of follow-up.
Catch Up on Dr. Youssef's Latest Media Appearances

In recent months, Dr. Michael Youssef has been featured on radio and TV shows nationwide to share Biblical insights on current events and themes from his new book, End Times and the Secret of the Mahdi. We hope you’ll enjoy these engaging conversations and be encouraged by how God is using Leading The Way to inspire and equip audiences here at home and around the world. Watch some of our favorites below:

Dr. Youssef on CBN News with Paul Strand

Dr. Youssef on the Eric Metaxas Show

Dr. Youssef on Point of View with Kerby Anderson

Dr. Youssef on In the Market with Janet Parshall

For more of Dr. Youssef’s latest media appearances, visit www.LTW.org/events.

To order your copy of End Times and the Secret of the Mahdi, visit www.EndTimesSecret.com.

The Sin of Not Voting

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Is it a sin not to vote?

First, let's define sin. The Bible has five different usages of the word "sin." Most common among them is "missing the mark." Believers are eternally forgiven and justified before God the Father only through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross. But believers also sin daily by giving in to temptations and not living up to Biblical standards. That's why daily confession and repentance is something believers must do:

  • When we sin and fail to be good stewards of God's money, God's time, and God's gifts.
  • When we fail to testify to our Savior when the opportunities present themselves.
  • When we sin by becoming more self-focused than God focused.
  • When we sin by nursing anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, etc.

All of that needs daily repentance and seeking daily forgiveness from our Savior and Lord, which brings me to the sin of not voting.

God in His mercy has placed us in a land where we are given the privilege of deciding what kind of government we should have. Believe me, I lived under a brutal dictatorship where you can only vote one way.

Thus, voting in America is a stewardship. And despising that stewardship is a sin like all other sins. If you have not voted before, you need to repent and vote this time.

What about how to vote?

I never have given people advice on how to vote. But I can tell you that I vote for the candidate and not the party. Here are three questions you must ask yourself about the man or woman running for office:

  1. What are his or her moral convictions? For we know that when the heart of a person is right, even when they fail, they will always go back to their core convictions.
  2. Is the candidate seeking office for himself or to serve God and the people of his or her area?
  3. Does the candidate value life, liberty and justice (which is the primary responsibility of the government) or does he/she tow the party line?

These are just a few criteria by which I try to examine a candidate before I vote.

So please vote... and make your vote count.

Startling Video About the Islamic Savior

The Christian faith is not the only religion that teaches about the last days. In fact, Judaism and Islam also devote a great deal of attention to the study of end times prophecies. Islamic scholar Hisham Kabbani observes, "Jews are waiting for the Messiah, Christians are waiting for Jesus, and Muslims are waiting for both the Mahdi and Jesus. All religions describe them as men coming to save the world."

One of the most troubling aspects of Islamic eschatology is that Islam's "savior," the Mahdi, bears striking similarities to the biblical Antichrist. Here are a few:

  • Both will establish a global empire.
  • Both will be worshiped as the head of a one-world religion.
  • Both will target Jews and Christians and wage war against non-believers.
  • Both will reign for seven years.
  • Both will be accompanied by a deceptive figure.

Many Muslims believe the Mahdi will appear when Jesus (Isa) returns. To Muslims, Jesus is not the Savior but a great prophet who will return to champion the Mahdi--much like the False Prophet depicted in Revelation. Could Satan deliberately be preparing followers of Islam to see the Antichrist as their long-awaited savior?

Learn more in Dr. Youssef's book, End Times and the Secret of the Mahdi.

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